Names: Meg and Ross Location: Logan Square, Chicago Size: 800 sq. feet Years lived in: 1 Meg and Ross live in Logan Square and were scouted out by Evan who photographed their cozy apartment for AT. We were impressed with the clever details throughout that accomplish exactly what Meg listed in their survey as their biggest design challenge - giving a gut rehab real character. We think this home has character and style to spare! Details like the photo mural, the dressed up IKEA armoire and well chosen vintage pieces take things very far from cookie-cutter. Take a look below for more photos, the survey and all the resources:
Photos by Evan Thomas
Meg and Ross' Survey: my Style: I'm a modernist at heart but wanted the place to look lived-in and comfortable. At the moment I'm into the warm colors of the 70s, as well as the 1980s take on art deco, mirrored surfaces, Lucite and all around colorful excess. It gets a little scary though when I start to decorate the way I dress, "ooh I should try to pull off that shiny gold curtain to divide up this room!" favorite Element: It's two-room living- nothing's ever far away (and there's not much to clean)! I like to pretend we live in Tokyo. the Inspiration for our home: I like modernism throughout the ages, and Ross wants to live in an apartment inspired by Dario Argento's Tenebrae. biggest Challenge : Trying to make gut rehab have any character at all is quite a challenge. It's also hard to decide which ideas to execute since we don't have much room to experiment. It forces me to be more flexible. what Friends Say: "It's cozy." Or "When's the next Korean BBQ night?" biggest Embarrassment: The exposed brick is a little gimmicky but adds a nice historical element. Ross wants to add some custom neon from that shop on Western. proudest DIY: Copying Todd Oldham's wood contact paper idea on my Ikea armoire (in 45 minutes!). biggest Indulgence: 70s modern ceiling lamp from the Edgewater Antique Mall. Next up: subway tile backsplash in the kitchen. best Advice: I read somewhere that if your place is small it's especially important to 1. get rid of everything but the essentials and, 2. avoid lots of different kinds of storage. Dedicate an area, floor to ceiling, to one dramatic idea. myDream Source: Modern Times
Resources: Appliances The appliances are Frigidaire and came with the place. Though I once bought an adorable 1950s olive green gas stove from a Mike's used appliances on Ashland & Division. Also, there's no reason for a one-bedroom apartment to have a full-size fridge! Hardware I love the kitchen cabinets. They're simple and panel-less, which is unbelievably hard to find in condos these days. The cabinet pulls are Ikea. Before buying, our Realtor negotiated a $450 lighting allowance for us since the model's frosted glass and brass Home Depot fixtures were just not gonna cut it. Furniture, Lighting & Artwork by Room Living Room: 1960s sectional couch – a cheapie on Craigslist Herman Miller chair, gray and black chair – inherited from my friend Kate Side table with drawer – $25 thrift store find Ceramic grape lamp – $2 at the Salvation Army on Fullerton Rug – Ikea "as-is" section TV Stand/Dresser – my shiferobe growing up Desk – borrowing from Mom, given to my Grandma for her wedding in 1946 Desk chair – It's from a bar my Great Uncle used to own in North Aurora Arc floor lamp – Threads, Etc consignment on Milwaukee Ave. Vintage Lucite bench/coffee table – Ebay Bird gate photograph – by me Small deer print – by Matt Cipov via Etsy.com Low bookshelf – Ikea, wheels – Ace Hardware White shades – Ikea Kitchen and Bar Area: 1980s deco kitchen stools – Craigslist Chrome pendant lights – CB2 Acrylic shelves and spice rack – Container Store Black & white clock – made by my Uncle in shop class, 1977 Forest photo mural – Online wallpaper site Shelves – Ikea 1950s bar – Praha on Lincoln Antique candle centerpiece – from the old Cycle & Saddle Club (my Grandma worked there in the 60s) Cherry Sign – Lincoln Antique Mall on Irving Park Teak tray and bowls – Mom's basement Bedroom: 80s deco headboard – formally a waterbed inherited from an old landlord Frame with drawers – Pre-pac, Online Gold silk bedspread – Target Mirrored and Birch Armoires – Ikea, Contact paper decorations by me Gold flower 60s lamp – thrift store Lucite Kartell stool – Marshall Fields Warehouse on Diversey & Pulaski right after it switched to Macy's. They stupidly marked this thing down to $13, and have since gotten rid of most of their modern furniture lines at the Warehouse site. Curtains and wires – Ikea Lyndale street photograph – camera-phone shot by me Drawing of The Drake Hotel – by my Grandma, 1979 Paper mache branch – by my old roommate, Shira Melenson Animal mask prints – by Matt Cipov via Etsy.com 60's geometric mirror – Edgewater Antique Mall
Many Thanks to Meg and Ross for sharing their home with us and to Evan for the photos!